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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams Porch RockerSamuel Adams Porch Rocker
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TMoney2591 on 05-19-2012

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3.3
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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Starts out with a nice foamy head, but it dissipates into some coarse bubbles. The smell is more like lemon verbena. The mouthfeel is just a quick zing of carbonation followed by flatness and an oily touch.

It has been years since I had a lemon-flavored Snapple but after one gulp of this, it was like I had one yesterday. Lemon iced tea is the main flavor, though apparently there is some beer here. The citrus flavor is not unpleasant, just too much of a good thing. Lemon peel aftertaste with some bitterness. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Ralph's Supermarket in San Clemente.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Part of another Sam Adams marketing gimmick. 12 pack shared 6 ways.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma brings wheat, fruity sugars, grain, lemons. The flavor brings lemon candies, fruity pebbles cereal. Really sweet with artificial fruit flavoring. Like a wine cooler. Not my thing.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, best before November 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is mostly lemon peel and lemon candy (like lemonheads?), along with a bit of sweet malt. But it's mainly an artificial lemon aroma, not that it smells bad at all. The brew tastes like slightly sour lemon candy, and there's also some sugar substitute noticeable. Tastes a little worse the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's easy enough to drink, I guess. Mostly average overall, I only tried this because one of my friends gave me a couple bottles. I wouldn't pay for this brew, but I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave it to me, either.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.75$

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes.

Smell - Corn, bread, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/wheat mixed with lemon and a touch of ginger. I'm not getting any of the hops advertised on the bottle. It ends with a grainy lemony slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Reminded me a bit of a bud light lime. It's better though.. but not by much. It's drinkable but not something I'd buy again. It's probably good for the style.

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Photo of jlindros
2.81/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a huge fizzy 2 finger head that rises right to the top of the sa perfect pint glass, fades semi slowly as it's reinforced by lot of bubbles rising from the bottom, nice lacing, crystal clear watery pale lemonade color.

Nose is like lemon cereal, sugary, cereal grains, fake candy fruit, light lemonaid. Reminds me of leinenkugels.

Taste is more of the same, very light overall beer, more lemonaid. Light sugary fake fruit cereal like taste, light cereal grains, juicy lemonaid. Finish is dry and kinda icky, fake lemon and fruit, bone dry, light cereal grains lingering.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall bleh, fake tasting beer that I would expect from a macro company, not sam adams, but then again this is probably more to get the ladies from leinenkugel to switch to this, but not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mnj21655
2.82/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale pale straw to pale gold in color with a finger of quickl disappearing white head. Aroma has lots of Pilsner malt and a faint hint of tartness. Taste falls flat, an odd artificial sweetness permeates this brew while subtlely tart lemons dance in the background. Mouthfeel is average, light-ish body and moderate carbonation try to keep this as an easy drinker. Overall I find this far too sweet and a bit cloying despite the low ABV. I will say that I enjoyed this far more straight from the bottle as opposed to poured into a glass. I must say I'm a bit disappointed, when I had 2 of those last weekend (literally sitting on the porch) I had a much more favorable impression of this brew.

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Photo of Drk93TT
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams 25th anniversary glass..

A: A clear / yellow tint, can see thru it pretty much 100%

S: Smells like a hint of lemon.. mild citrus here .. not too much going on.

T: First sip is sub par to me vs other recent Radlers Ive tried.. Second sip is a bit more complex and you can taste the lemons.. but still kinda.. Meh! was expecting so much more!! The flavor dissipated rather quickly.

M: Respectable, but nothing that holds your taste-buds for too long, quick and crisp.

O: Was expecting more flavor, got a pretty flatline taste.. drinkable beer however, just not very BAM! to the point where it stands out vs. the competiton. . . only way Id try it again would maybe be if it was on draught ever.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had a lot of radlers I hate, a precious few I like. Reviewing this as a Radler. "Limited Release." "Beer with Natural Flavors Added." Enjoy before September. 4.5% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 4-5 finger beige colour head of decent soft cream, decent thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid pale yellow-copper; nicely vibrant. Translucent and clear. Appealing in a general sense. It's not straw yellow or dull. Uneven lacing as the head recedes. About what I'd expect from a radler - except for the transparency. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Oh boy. Artificial lemon flavoring is pungent and rampant. Artificial sugar sweetness. Pale malts. Zest lemon citrus twang. A bit of crystal malt. Some floral hopping. Pleasant if you can get past its inherent artifice. An average strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Lemon twang. Pilsner and pale malts. Crystal malt. Straw. Light citrus. Not as artificial as the aroma suggested; thank god. Light floral hops. Balanced and lemon forward, if simple. It's pleasant and enjoyable, but there's not much happening. I don't like the artificial lemon, but it could be far worse executed.

Mf: Surprisingly soft, actually. I like that. Light and pleasant to drink. Good carbonation. Somewhat coarse, but smooth overall. Wet. Refreshing - which is exactly what it needs to be.

Dr/O: Quite drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one due to how artificial it is. For a Radler, it's not bad. I'd prefer they just brewed a straight lemon forward witbier with less artificial character, but this is a pretty average tasting radler. I've had far worse. Refreshing. Hides its ABV well. A middling offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: no head on a clear bright golden body.

S: honey, ginger, wheat and pale malts. a lot of lemon.

T: another alcoholic lemonade beer. I dont really like these. tart, some wheat comes through

M: light body and ridiculous carbonation

Overall: not a fan of this one at all. simple and not really a beer. more of a mike hard watever variety.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with a white, half finger head. Sub-par retention. Spotty lacing with little stick.

Smell - Aroma smells of lemon-lime and alcohol. Anyone remember Zima?

Taste - Strong lemon-lime upfront and throughout, grainy malt bill comes through mid-taste while a touch alcohol character hits near the finish. Simple, straight forward flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp and refreshing. Goes down with ease. By far the strongest element of this beer.

Overall - Meh. Tastes like someone spiked my beer with sprite. In a way, it's kinda what they did. Waaaay too sweet. Think Bud Light Lime with stronger 'beer' character, and you've got a general idea of what this beer is all about. Not a fan.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L yellow with big frothy head that runs away quick and leaves a trail behind S like a lemon car sent T like a rotten lemon dropped in a light beer F little bubbles at first than just water after O not for me but if you enjoy dirty lemon water dropped in a bud light you must try

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Photo of brentk56
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice lid of foam that leaves some streakage

Smell: Grainy and sulfuric with lemon tones

Taste: Grainy, up front, with a sugary lemon flavor developing, in the middle; a bit grassy, after the swallow, but the sweetness lingers and builds

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: I haven't had many radlers and perhaps I was spoiled by the SIxpoint Rad I had a few weeks ago, but I really didn't like this due to the sugary sweetness; I find it amusing looking through the reviews that some said it leaned toward having too much beer in the mix and others said there was too much lemonade; personally, I would side with those that said there was too much beer but whatever was blended really throws it off for me

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

If you designed an adult beverage around the warmer days of summer, nearly all of them will become a fruit derivative of wheated ale. Since lemonade is already synonymous with the season, there's a predictable marriage to be found.

Pouring the expected hazy straw color, the beer's partly fizzy, partly froathy head speaks to the schizophrenic nature of the beverage. Light on head formation, retention, or lace it's probably not fair to compare to strict ale.

Lemons and simple syrup aromas abound with a slight rebuttal from white pepper, orange peel, and an obvious citrus character. A background of wheat malt seems somewhat bready but not as pronounced as even American wheat ales- the lemonade aromas just take over.

Flavors are even more balanced toward the lemon flavor and sugary taste. Medium sweetness allows the true character of lemon to shine. Delicious yet one-dimensional, the beer offers too slight of a peppery balance or earthy hop notion to make any meaningful impact. Only a rise of bready wheat malt in aftertaste remind me that this beer is at least partially a beer.

Sugary sweet to texture as well. The syrupy feel coats the palate lightly but much less clean than most beers. The carbonation helps with the creamy impersonation but the lack of alcohol dryness, hop dryness, or developing malt character keeps the beer as much wine cooler-like as it is beer-like.

I really enjoy these beverages but on a completely different level than beer. This Sam Adams version is perhaps less sweet and slightly more beer-like than most but it's still a beer coctail and likely deserves separate criteria.

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Photo of Robert_Ray
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a great beer, but decent on a hot day. This is truly a summer beer. Serve very cold and it is quite refreshing. Strong lemon. Decent head that lingers. Pleasing aftertaste with a sweet finish. Goes down easy and a good thing it has a low ABV. Overall very average for this type, but I would buy again.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like a shandy every now and then, especially in warmer weather. However it is always hard to rate them because it is a blend. The appearance was a nice hazy yellow with a smell of a lot of citrus. The taste is a pretty standard shandy with a very light feel to it. If it's a hot day and you need something to cool yourself off, this is a very refreshing beverage. However, don't go into this thinking that you're going to get something groundbreaking.

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Photo of Gmann
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a short wispy white head that settled into a light cap. Looks like fizzy yellow beer.

The aroma is of sweet lemons. Very similar to lemonade. It is a refreshing aroma but doesn't remotely smell like beer.

A slight bready malt base, perhaps a touch doughy. The rest of the flavor is lemonade. Again, its is refreshing but really borders on being a beer.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Drinks fantastic which a radler should do.

A lemony beer soda, which it is supposed to be. Its tough to rate just due to the style. This is not a real style on this site. The lemony flavor is very enjoyable but it really doesn't have enough beer characteristics. I guess a good change of pace beer during the summer.

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Photo of MarkQ617
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This taste like someone poured lemonade into a slightly above average helles. Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The color is a bright gold that I'm not certain should exist from natural elements. The mouthfeel is mellow, as expected for they beer type, but doesn't add. It's a bit sweet and the fruit is a little overpowering for me I guess.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, light yellow-hued body with a medium-small, brief, white head.

Smell: Sweaty lemons mingled with the modest, mild, effusive maltiness. It smells lemony, what else do you want me to tell you?

Taste: Particular mild maltiness with a sliver of sweetness. Hint of lemony flavoring that, with the thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation starts to feel kind of soda pop like. A touch of Sprite, a hint of Squirt and it's gone.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Fizzy and a tad watery.

Overall: One of those it is what it is beers.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.99/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm not even sure that radlers can be considered beer, it's basically beer mixed with lemonade. This one drinks surprisingly thick bodied for a radler, smells of lemon and sweet malt, and the malt flavor is excellent. It's a bit thin overall compared to the beers I really like, and much too sweet, but this really isn't bad, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the lemon with some wheat notes thrown in. The flavor is similar. This tastes more like lemonade than it does a beer, but there is a little bit of wheat and biscuit malt to make it somewhat beer like. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much to like here, but I guess it tastes about like what the brewery was going for.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - translucent, pale gold with a fizzy head that quickly fades away

S - very faint malt and artificial lemon

T - faint underlying lager notes that are quickly over taken by heavy, artificial lemon

M - very heavily carbonated, crisp, light bodied

I'm not much for shandy-style beers. It's usually the artificial, syrupy qualities that throw me off. This one is better in that department, but it's still noticeable. It does exactly what it advertises. It's a light bodied lager with a distinct, lemonade flavor throughout. I'll pass in the future, but anyone enjoying this style should give it a try.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a chill hazed light straw yellow.

Toasted malts, light earthy/pine note.

Pine, biscuits, lemongrass, toast.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, floral bitterness.

Overall a bit bland and floral for my tastes.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Surprised to get this when I did today, and I'm a bit skeptical about it, despite my love of radlers (damn you, time in Germany!). Givin' it the ol' college try: It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger or so of short-lived fizzy white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, light cardamom, and what may or may not be cracked wheat. The taste leads off with a stark and somewhat artificial lemon flavor, followed quickly by a somewhat wheaty apparition that intertwines with the lemon for the duration, the two toning each other down a bit whilst working their conjoined way down the gullet. It's not necessarily bad, but not something that stands out as being particularly tasty, either. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation (bordering on fizzier) and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an okay neo-radler at best, something I wouldn't purposefully reach for again, but also something I wouldn't really spurn if offered to me in passing.

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Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Although I've never been a real Radler fan, kudos to Boston Beer for making a valiant attempt at a drinkable version. It's a clear, utterly clear, light golden color. The head quickly disappears, and long chains of bubbles rush up through the brew. The smell is notable even from a distance. Huge Lemon scents....It smells more like a lemon soda than a beer. If you hunt, there is a bit of malt underneath, but but not a lot. The taste is similar...very reminiscent of lemon soda, with a little hop finish. Interesting...not bad...but not quite beer either. It's got huge flavor...lots of lemon, some grass and grain, hops in the mid-taste through the finish, and a little malt underneath. Interesting, but not my style. Light in body. I bet this would be a thirst quencher if it were 90 degrees and sunny.

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Photo of BucBasil
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Looks very much like a light beer.

S: Very lemony with a bit of malt in there to balance the sweetness.

T: Mostly lemon tasting, with lemonade being the obvious big note here, as that's the flavor that was added, probably just on top of Sam Adams Light. Some malt in there, but mostly very sweet, a bit sticky on the palate, and almost cloying.

If this were the beach it might be a different story - I could see it being pretty refreshing on a hot day - but sitting in my house it's a bit too much. Not super bad, just not really my thing per se. I could see non regular beer drinkers really liking this... In a league with Shock Top/Blue Moon, etc.

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Samuel Adams Porch Rocker from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
76 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.
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